SATW Transferkolleg

Take your early stage innovation to the next level

The programme – funded by SATW and CTI – provides financing and advice for mixed teams from academia and industry in the transfer of ideas into industrial production.

SATW has set up its Transferkolleg to support promising innovative projects at a very early stage with un-bureaucratic access to financing, networking opportunities and coaching. Each call has a thematic focus and seeks to reunite the community in a specific field.


Target groups
The Transferkolleg targets university researchers and product developers from industry that together try to match an invention with a new business opportunity and need financial, technical or business support to move their project to the next stage

Project proposal
The short project proposals should outline the basic idea and its possible commercial applications. Projects should be submitted jointly by partners from industry and academia (higher education institution or CTI-recognized research institute). Through the CTI-KTT-Support the project partners may also have access to the services of an Innovation Mentor and of national thematic networks (NTNs)

The CTI-funding for selected projects is set at a maximum of CHF 16’000 and covers the research expenditures of the academic partner (labour costs). The implementation partner bear at least 50% of the total project costs through in-kind contributions (including salaries, expenses for instruments, material). The project partners conclude a contract for the funding with the CTI. After that the first tranche will be paid out

Workshop – confidentiality guaranteed
Furthermore, an exclusive one-and-a-half-day workshop is organized to bring together project partners with recognized experts in the field of innovation transfer. Participation for both project partners is mandatory. The workshop’s non-public setting and the signing of a confidentiality agreement allows for a constructive exchange of knowledge and experience. Workshop topics include analyses of value chains, market entry hurdles, technological challenges, prospects for securing CTI funding, intellectual property rights and much more. Participants are given easy access to experts in technology transfer and the opportunity to develop their network. They benefit from an open and intellectually stimulating workshop atmosphere. On request, the CTI will facilitate contact with CTI Start-up and CTI Innovation Mentors for follow-up support

Project partners have to answer surveys and write a brief final report (by 1 December) – including information regarding the expenses of the research partners and the contributions of the implementation partners. Only after the final report has been submitted the second tranche will be paid out

“SATW Transferkolleg is an excellent networking platform allowing for face-to-face discussions with CTI-experts who know your particular project.”

“I had many new contacts und inputs not only regarding the actual project but also for possible new collaboration projects.”